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I was wondering the same about the oxygen and filtration..I can't find that info anywhere.. My main interest is in growing lots of produce, secondary interest is in the fish, not sure I will even be able to kill them after raising them for months, may feel like they are pets, but for now I am going with the tilapia. In one of his videos he shows a different type of fish other then Koi.

TCLynx said:
If the stocking density is really really low on the fish, you may get away with growing the plants directly over the fish tanks. And I think most of his systems are actually growing shrimp or prawns which need lots of horizontal space per animal but not much depth so they live happily under rafts. Friendlies does prawns directly in their raft beds.

Keep in mind that having the fish live under the rafts will make it difficult to harvest fish without disturbing all the plants. I don't think this guy harvests his koi. The prawn harvest probably only happens once or twice a year though so that can be scheduled into the planting schedule.

With rafts over the surface of the animal rearing space, one needs to make sure there is plenty of dissolved oxygen getting into the pond by other means. Some way to monitor dissolved oxygen would probably be necessary on anything like a commercial scale.

I've never found in depth details about his systems in English, I've only seen videos. I expect there are parts of the systems not shown in the videos (bio-filtration, solids filtration etc.)
Aleece,thanks for the info.
To me it basically looks like a raft system you could have fish tank then. Run through Bio filter before entering the raft. From the raft return water to the fish tank. Have the fish tank well oxygenated with diffusers. I would also have diffusers in the rafts. It is gorgeous though I may have to build a raft with flowers maybe use the sump as a raft, it looks to be about 12 inches deep they look like 2x12s

Michelle Silva said:
I was wondering the same about the oxygen and filtration..I can't find that info anywhere.. My main interest is in growing lots of produce, secondary interest is in the fish, not sure I will even be able to kill them after raising them for months, may feel like they are pets, but for now I am going with the tilapia. In one of his videos he shows a different type of fish other then Koi.

TCLynx said:
If the stocking density is really really low on the fish, you may get away with growing the plants directly over the fish tanks. And I think most of his systems are actually growing shrimp or prawns which need lots of horizontal space per animal but not much depth so they live happily under rafts. Friendlies does prawns directly in their raft beds.

Keep in mind that having the fish live under the rafts will make it difficult to harvest fish without disturbing all the plants. I don't think this guy harvests his koi. The prawn harvest probably only happens once or twice a year though so that can be scheduled into the planting schedule.

With rafts over the surface of the animal rearing space, one needs to make sure there is plenty of dissolved oxygen getting into the pond by other means. Some way to monitor dissolved oxygen would probably be necessary on anything like a commercial scale.

I've never found in depth details about his systems in English, I've only seen videos. I expect there are parts of the systems not shown in the videos (bio-filtration, solids filtration etc.)
Earl, The fish are inside the raft tank. I'm not sure what you are referring to about running thru bio filter from raft back to fish tanks.

Michelle Silva said:
Aleece,thanks for the info.
From one of the other videos the small system it looks as if there is a tank off to the side in the back ground covered with wood. I was guessing that this is where the bio filter is and aeration is located, Just guessing

.Michelle Silva said:
Earl, The fish are inside the raft tank. I'm not sure what you are referring to about running thru bio filter from raft back to fish tanks.

Michelle Silva said:
Aleece,thanks for the info.
OK, thanks.

Earl ward said:
From one of the other videos the small system it looks as if there is a tank off to the side in the back ground covered with wood. I was guessing that this is where the bio filter is and aeration is located, Just guessing

.Michelle Silva said:
Earl, The fish are inside the raft tank. I'm not sure what you are referring to about running thru bio filter from raft back to fish tanks.

Michelle Silva said:
Aleece,thanks for the info.
Here is a thread from a while back over at BYAP
plant rafts
The agreement with the manufacturer of the "aquaponics valve" appoints myself "Fresh By Nature" as the exclusive distributor of the "aquaponics valve" for all areas world-wide other than North & South America... where another party was assigned distribution rights. These rights appear to have been passed, at least within the USA to Aleece.

The agreement also intended a singular, as yet uninstigated, but soon to be (upon repairs to the server), point of marketing www.aquaponicsvalve.com ... which will link back to any sales point within the "americas"

The above site will include a dedicated forum for discussion of all matters relating to the "aquaponics valve"

Fresh By Nature welcomes Aleece's announcement and is confident that she will service the US with regards to sales and support of the "aquaponics valve"... and aquaponics generally...
I greatly look forward to the launch of the aquaponics valve site and I hope we can help everyone make great use of these valves in furthering their aquaponic endeavors.
I am a big fan of the Rubbermade Stock Tanks, strong and affordable.

Topic change:

I am making a major change from returning to Israel to returning to upstate NY in the western part known as the Southern Tier. I am going to be looking for a hoop house supplier very soon.

If anyone has suggestions on them I would appreciate hearing them.

It will be the Rubbermade tanks inside, as FTs and GBs.

Yaacov(Jake) Levi

I find the API PH test to be very difficult to match to the color card, so I'm currently looking for a digital PH tester.   I bought one that turned out to be a toy and has no accuracy at all.  There are several others on e-bay for less than $35.00 and one that does 6 tests but costs over $100.00.

Can anyone relate their experience and advise me before I purchase another?

Hanna Instruments has a good range of  instruments. from pocket field check to lab quality and some industrial.

 

Hanna also has a complete line of other water quality meters/instruments. And is available through Grainger. in the phonebook or this online catalog with local dristributors everywhere (Yes international too.

 

http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/wwg/search.shtml?searchQuery=Hanna...

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